Charles E Jordan Sr High School

6806 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 560-3912

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1801 students 16 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2013-2014 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Mathematics, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Durham Public Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Charles E Jordan Sr High School is a public high school in Durham. The principal of Charles E Jordan Sr High School is Jerome Leathers, who can be contacted at jerome.leathers 1,801 students attend Charles E Jordan Sr High School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 39% of the 1,801 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Charles E Jordan Sr High School is 16:1. Woods Charter is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
Asian 6% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 37% 51%
White, non-Hispanic 35% 19%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Hispanic 18% 24%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39% 66%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I think Jordan is an excellent school. While there have been some changes in the demographics these changes have benefited Jordan. I think Jordan provides the student with an excellent education. There is a tendency for some people to rate schools on the basis on where the students come from( i.e children from poor families = poor schools. However the educational experts contend that one has to look at where all children are going. The year that my children graduated the number of students who were selected to attend top colleges (i.e. Davidson Yale UNC-CH Harvard Middlebury Duke etc. ) exceeded that of some of the private schools in the area. I think because the enrolled students were exposed to diversity they were more attractive to the top schools then the students who attended "elusive" high schools. Don't be deceived by arbitrary ratings.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is doing well at Jordan but she absolutely hates going there. She says it is like a prison with bare block walls and no daylight. Students in some of her classes (particularly Spanish class) rap dirty songs and walk around during class making it hard for her to learn. Some teachers have no control in the classroom and there is no good way to keep disruptive kids under control or remove them from the classroom. She says she could get much more work done in less time if she were home schooled. She says teachers waste her time and then she must spend six hours a night studying to complete the loads of homework. Some classes do not have textbooks but the school spends money on expensive whiteboards and the teachers picket for higher pay. I wish NC had school vouchers so the schools could compete for students and dollars.

  • (2 years ago)

    Don't be fooled by overall rankings of Jordan High School. Look at Test Scores and detailed rankings and different groups and see that rankings for kids who want to do well can and will do well at this school. This is an absolute terms and relative to both Statewide standards and the Chapel Hill public high schools. For example I don't know how academically gifted is defined but I would say my daughter is not gifted yet she does extremely well on statewide tests. As of August 2013 Jordan has a ranking of 10 for academically gifted students on state tests. East Chapel Hill's ranking is 7.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am currently a sophomore at Jordan and it is a very great school. I am currently ranked number one and I have found that it is a great school with academic challenges. Before Jordan I had no trouble sliding through school with out working at all however I have learned how to study and how to work by way of rigorous APs and challenging honors courses. I have loved my teachers majority of them generally care about us students and are readily available when we need help. I have also found the social aspects of Jordan to be wonderful we have amazing sports teams minus our football team who just lost the homecoming game and I find that they are a great social outlet. Many of the students come to the football games regardless of the fact that we are loosing to see our friends. The administration is wonderful and very caring. I have personally made an appointment to talk to the principle about fundraising and he listened and he was fully supportive of me and he still remembers me to this day and checks up on me. I would recommend Jordan 100% it is a wonderful school.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child is a freshman at Jordan. The school is OK as far as safety teacher involvement and other standard measurements. The school does have a very strong liberal bias. Freshman Focus class which is a required class is mostly an introduction into the liberal ideas. Some teachers (again freshman focus) have said they do not want parents input.

  • (3 years ago)

    Jordan High has nurtured my son and enabled him to excel. He will attend a top university next year thanks to the excellent instruction he has received from some highly capable and motivated teachers. The resources are there but the student body is a very heterogeneous mix of motivation talent and home support. The new principal is a huge disappointment- too bad the last one stayed for such a short time.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a freshman at Jordan high school and so far I absolutely love the quality of the teahcers. i feel as if i am in a safe environment and the variety of class selection really helps me to strtive for my goal and career. The sports program is highly recomendable and jordan's men soccer team is often ranked number 10 in the nation.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child has grown exponentially since she has attended Jordan High School. They offer a high variety of classes to choose from. The teachers are very polite and highly qualified. The sports program is amazing and the soccer team is consistantly ranked in the top 10 of the nation. My daughter says that the unusual AB/Block schedule is highly effective. I recommend Jordan High to all students in the area.

  • (4 years ago)

    I graduated from Jordan in May 2007 and I am so thankful for the preparation I received while I was there. While I was at Jordan I took advantage of the Honors and AP programs. I came to UNC prepared and did not have much trouble adjusting to the college work load. While at Jordan I had some incredible educators who held me to high standards. Also the diversity at Jordan is another one of it's strong suits. There still needs to be a greater push to diversify the upper level courses but I am encouraged when I think back on the friends I made and have kept since I was a student at Jordan High Shool.

  • (5 years ago)

    I been to Jordan for ninth and tenth grade and I loved it a lot. The school was perfect and everyone there was so nice to me. It wasn't like Hillside with too much violence. I got kicked out and went to Hillside and that school had a lot of problems. I have to tell parents that Jordan is a better school. I never had problems there like at Lowe's Grove middle school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Because it has a lot of academic courses for students and they will go out of there way to help your child succeed in school as well as out of school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Jordan High School is highly over rated The lack of leadership is sad and the teacher(new) have no control of thier class

  • (6 years ago)

    Jordan High School lacks leadership from the principal. While there are excellent teachers they are sefl-motivated. The principal is not open to parental involvement and makes excuses for issues rather than addressing them. Overall I am disappointed with the experience with my current sophomore.

  • (6 years ago)

    Wide range of programs for all kids. Teacher really care.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is now a sophomore and though we are still pleased with the school over-all I will say that electives are slim pickings and not necessarily elected by the student rather forced upon due to availability.

  • (7 years ago)

    We moved out of Durham in order to get our son away from there. I am retired (military) and have had 5 kids in 8 different school systems and this was by far the worst (Southwest Elementary in Durham was awful too but safety was ok). Whenever I went in Jordon to deliver something to my son or pick him up police officers were there. I think they stationed there permanently.

  • (8 years ago)

    I loved jordan. The sports and academics were wonderful and trouble is easily avoided as long as student do not seek it out. The resources and A.P. courses offered were more than enough to ensure hardworking students can present an impressive application to colleges. In my experience the teachers were as a majority wonderful people and very capable educators.

  • (8 years ago)

    Awful. My daughter regularly witnessed fights at the school. No respect comraderie among students. Faculty is sub par compared to other school districts I am familiar with.

  • (9 years ago)

    Jordan is actually two schools in one. One school consists of the majority of the students. They are conscientious are white/black/latino take a wide range of AP classes do well on the AP exams and end up getting admitted to the best colleges. Their parents are very involved. These students get a first-rate public education that is every bit as good as any in the Raleigh-Durham area including the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district. The second school is made up of students who are not interested in getting an education. Sadly their parents are often also disinterested. This brings down the average scores on standardized tests. These two schools rarely mix.

  • (10 years ago)

    The school is great and under wonderful leadrership...I just don't agree with the 4x4 program set to come in effect tommorow...

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